Padma and I noticed a sex swing, and since neither of us had used one before, we decided to take turns sitting on it. We were kids living in the suburbs of Silicon Valley, and the series provided us with the ultimate form of escapism and adventure. From what I could tell, all the people who were playing were already established partners before this event. Plus I was on a dry spell of over six months, and my sex drive had taken a big nosedive thanks to an extremely stressful year that involved quitting a job, moving across the country twice and nearly running out of my savings. Once we were happy with our respective outfits, we ordered a Lyft Line to take us to the dungeon. Once the novelty of being at a Harry Potter—themed sex party wore off and the smell of sickly sweet Butterbeer combined with bodily fluids started to become overwhelming, Padma and I decided to call it a night after just a little over an hour. It was a jarring contrast to the sight of people dressed like wizards and witches drinking frothy cups of Butterbeer on the sidelines. Padma wore a long purple wig, a sexy low-cut black top, a fitted skirt and heels. There were about 20 people gathered inside, a mix of participants and bystanders. It felt a little like sitting in a hammock chair, but there were two stirrups to put your feet in. She went home to have sex with her boyfriend, and I was sadly disappointed by going home alone. My only BDSM experience before had been with an ex-boyfriend, when he tied me up while using a vibrator on me. Padma and I looked at each other in curious excitement and decided to head down there. That is, until heading to a dimly lit lounge that was also on this floor, which had plenty of cozy couches to get intimate on, but was empty. I found it incredibly sexy, so I had hopes that something similar might happen at this party if I met the right wizard. That thought was quickly interrupted by the sounds of a cracking whip and moans of a man in excruciating pain coming from downstairs in the dungeon. This scene continued to unfold to the whimsical beat of a song from the Harry Potter soundtrack.